Its production shifts establish a “foundation for growth,” the company says.
ECR Internationalwill consolidate production at its factories in Utica and Dunkirk, NY.Dennis Mullen, Empire State Development President,
Upstate, said in a statement that ECR’s decision to anchor
manufacturing in Western New York and the Mohawk Valley
“highlights the company's commitment to Upstate and
showcases the fact that here in New York State we are creating an
environment where business can grow and prosper.”
ECR CEOMike Paparoneannounced that the company plans to
shift production from ECR plants in Rome, NY, and Wallaceburg, Ontario, to
factories in Utica and Dunkirk, resulting in the loss of approximately 100
manufacturing jobs in Wallaceburg, where furnaces are made. ECR will maintain
Canadian sales, service and distribution.
The Rome plant,
where air-conditioners are made, employs about 80 workers but ECR hopes to move
about half of those jobs to Utica, Paparone said. The changes will begin during
the first quarter of 2009 and extend through the fourth quarter. All affected
employees will be offered career counseling and outplacement services.
“While ECR had to make some tough
decisions to remain competitive in the global economy, they
have decided to build a stronger foundation here in New York. Renovating and
expanding Dunkirk and Utica will allow ECR to better serve their
customers with high quality, innovative products and ultimately add
more jobs,” said Mullen.
The changes will not impact
production of ECR's new Freewatt® heat and power system or the company’s joint
venture facility in Ningbo, China, where ECR currently manufactures electronic